Posted: Jan 9, 2023

Assistant Professor - Urban Affairs and Planning

Virginia Tech University - Blacksburg, VA
Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2023

Job Description
Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) program in the School of Public and International Affairs invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level at the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. We seek candidates whose research focuses on the intersections of sustainable urbanization (e.g., environmental policy & planning, smart cities), climate change (e.g., climate justice, climate resilience), and digital technology (e.g., data science/governance, participatory technology). We are especially interested in applicants whose scholarly work includes demonstrated collaboration with historically marginalized communities (e.g. Black, Latinx, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, immigrant, and other populations) and aligns with the goal to advance the program’s focus on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The ideal candidate’s work may draw on a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.

The expected teaching load is 2/2 courses per academic year and may include undergraduate courses in the Smart and Sustainable Cities (SSC) and Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) undergraduate majors. The faculty member may teach one or more graduate level courses in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG) programs. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop new elective courses at the intersections between environment, technology, and social justice and equity. Occasional travel to national conferences is expected; the successful candidate will be required to have a criminal background check.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Urban Planning or a related field.
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement and ability to work across multiple disciplines and/or topical areas in sustainable urbanization, climate change, or digital technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with historically marginalized communities.
  • Show potential for societal impact via experience with research design/methods and dissemination of research results that informs scholarly discourse and practice in the field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • AICP certification is helpful but not required.
  • Experience in design or instruction of courses related to sustainable urbanization, environmental policy and planning, smart cities, or social/environmental justice.
  • Experience with GIS or spatial analysis is helpful.

Application Materials
Applicants should submit a cover letter that addresses: (1) their current and future research agendas, (2) an overview of their teaching experience and qualifications, and (3) how they can support Virginia Tech’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should describe how their teaching, service, and research has supported the success of students and/or colleagues; and/or describe the impact others have had on them as relating to diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition, complete applications must include: a full curriculum vitae, two samples of written work, and the contact information for three reference letters.  

Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair: Steve Hankey ([email protected]). The search will remain open until the position is filled, but to be assured full consideration, completed applications should be received by February 1, 2023.

Questions about the online application process should be directed to Ms. Kelly Crist, SPIA Faculty Search Assistant, [email protected], phone: (540) 231-2291.

Appointment Type

Salary Information
Commensurate with experience

Review Date
February 1, 2023

About the Urban Affairs and Planning Program (UAP)
UAP is one of three academic units in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) in Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The other programs are Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) and Government and International Affairs (GIA). The academic programs are accompanied by the Institute of Policy and Governance (IPG). UAP operates at the main campus in Blacksburg and at the National Capital Region campus in Arlington, Virginia. This position will be located at the Blacksburg campus, in-person. For more information on SPIA and UAP see, and

About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.


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If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Heather Nolen at [email protected] during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Applications close: Open until filled